The Real Cost Of Living Full-Time In An RV

Just as the more commonly accepted THOW forums go there is always that one question that is asked over and over and over so to does the RV community. It usually manifests itself as some version of “How much does it cost per month to live full-time in an RV?”  And as one would imagine there is no standard answer. The answer is highly personal and varies from person to person based upon personal living style and income.

Odom Family

r(E)volutionary disclaimer: We live on the road as an expression of freedom and discovery. We look for places that are either in the sun, near friends and family, or in proximity to a learning opportunity for our daughter. We live without consumer debt and have whittled away our monthly overhead. While I have a corporate day job it is a telecommute position allowing us to be on the road as a relatively young couple with a growing young lady. Our monthly income is consistent and we live on a budget.

From March 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015 part of our budget looked as follows:

30-amp Camp Site Woodsmoke Camping Resort $1,050
Cody’s RV Park $56
Reed Bingham State Park $23
Auto Insurance (truck and trailer) $196
Fuel $379
Propane $46
Utilities $63.47
Laundry $71
Mail/Postage $17
Groceries $375
Eating Out $225
Recreation $107.62
TOTAL $2609.09

FIXED EXPENSES

No matter what month it is the fixed travel costs remain virtually the same. They are primarily what the above budge is based on. Some months we certainly spend less and other months we go higher. But all in all they are the standards.

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Keeping Cool in the Caribbean

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Peter and I spend the majority of our days at anchor. We sail from one place to another and settle in after finding an anchorage that is relatively protected from the wind and waves. When the wind dies down, our tiny floating home heats up like an oven in the hot Caribbean sun.

There are no big trees to park under or hillsides to hide behind. We are always positioned away from land surrounded by a glistening, reflective surface. Continue reading

Making Sure You And Your Home Are Prepared For Weather

Just two weeks ago I wrote about some steps that can help you decide whether to fight a storm or evacuate from one. It’s a good mental start considering your tiny home is probably either built on wheels or on the water or rolling down the highway or made of canvas, etc. But how can you stay prepared in order to be aware of the potential weather forming around you? Are there methods other than the old “trick knee” or a red sky at night?

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Advance warning is key. If the electricity goes out and you are living on the grid then your connection with the world around you goes out as well. Without that connection you can’t watch television updates, hear news reports, or call a friend from a (admittedly antiquated but still in use) land line. However, a simple way to combat this is to switch to a battery-powered, solar-powered, or hand crank-powered, NOAA radio.  This app streams more than 200 NOAA broadcasts and adds in additional information including radar, push notifications, emergency warnings for your state and detailed weather reports. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages). Continue reading

Tiny House Natural Emergencies: Fight or Flight?

The weather report for the day said there was only a 25% – 30% chance of rain in the late afternoon. Nothing unusual for Southwest Florida. But by 6pm the rain had gone from an afternoon shower to a full on band of heavy rainfall. We talked about bring in the awning on our 27′ travel trailer but since it was angled for drainage and had stayed up and secure for countless precipitous events before, we figured all would be okay.

Ripped AwningIt wasn’t though. In the course of just 5 minutes tops we heard a few thumps, a rattle or two, and as I walked out the door to see what was happening I was just in time to see the awning arm buckle, bend, and ultimately fall off. After all was said and done and the rain stopped for a few minutes we were left wondering what some safety tips might be for those living in tiny houses on wheels? Not every scenario is predictable and like our afternoon shower turned gust of wind and blinding wind, it is our responsibility to decide how to deal with such, ultimately choosing fight or flight! Continue reading

Safety At Sea: Inside a Ditch Bag and Med Kit

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Now that the ocean is our home, it’s even more critical that Peter and I have the supplies we need in the event of an emergency. This is similar to carrying emergency supplies in your car and stocking up in your home if you live where “The Big One” could tremble the earth so much it knocks out all roads, power and water at any minute; or if you live where a snow storm could leave you trapped inside a car or home; or if you live where a hurricane or tornado could demolish your town.

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